Red Wings of Tomorrow is assessing every prospect in the Detroit Red Wings system and what they are projecting to be in the future. We’ll be looking at the strengths and weaknesses of their game, as well as what the future holds for them as they advance through the Detroit organization. Today, we look at center Amadeus Lombardi
How Acquired: Drafted 113th overall (4th round) in the 2022 NHL Draft
2021-22 Stats: (GP-G-A-Pts) 67-18-41-59 (For Flint Firebirds, OHL)
Contract Status: Unsigned
Anticipated 2022-23 Team: Flint Firebirds
There’s something unique about Amadeus Lombardi beyond the fact that he boasts a first name that rocks.
He is like a tightly-wound spool of energy that seems to grow in intensity with each stride he takes on the ice. Lombardi netted a hat trick in a game in the 3 v 3 tournament at the Red Wings’ Development Camp last month.
Lombardi also scored a Michigan lacrosse-style goal in that tournament. He made everyone pay attention to him because of his energetic style.
“He’s a very competitive centerman, a guy we were able to see a lot being up in Flint and then had a real good playoff,” Red Wings director of amateur scouting Kris Draper said.
AMADEUS LOMBARDI 🥍😱
— Flint Firebirds (@FlintFirebirds) July 14, 2022
He lost a year of development because of COVID-19. He didn’t play anywhere in 2020-21. The Red Wings took note that he improved as the season wore on. He worked hard at his craft. In the playoffs, Lombardi registered seven goals and 15 points in 19 games.
“He’s a skater, he’s a worker and he’s very competitive and he plays center,” Draper said. “We like all those things about him.”
Estimated Time of Arrival in Detroit
Lombardi has work to do in this upcoming season. He needs to grow stronger and work on his shot.
The effort is always there. But the Red Wings will be looking for more consistency in his performance level. Can he raise his offensive game? Can he take charge offensively?
The Red Wings seem to be more intrigued by Lombardi than you would expect for a fourth-round pick. They like his tenacity. They need centers and no one values two-way centers more than Draper who used to help the Red Wings in a variety of of ways.
Spunky Lombardi is a rambunctious player, like Draper was.
“(Lombardi) can take a lot,” said his Flint coach Ted Dent. “He’s not afraid to go down the boards.”
Lombardi is a relentless forechecker and is crafty at stripping the puck off players defensively. He’s not a big player, but he has a wide variety of tools at his disposal. If he can pull all of his talents together, Lombardi could eventually go from Flint to Grand Rapids to Detroit.